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Pilot fatigue, errors top causes of UPS plane crash in Birmingham, NTSB says

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BIRMINGHAM, AL — Multiple pilot errors likely caused a UPS cargo plane to crash into a hill near Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport last summer, killing the captain and first officer, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators said in a Thursday meeting and announcement. NTSB investigator Robert Sumwalt stressed that discussion of the crew’s errors was necessary to learn from them and was not in any way intended to judge their characters. “I want to make the point to begin with that these were very good people. They were loved by many, had many friends. I don’t want to sound like I ... Read More

Last unresolved lawsuit from Continental Flight 3407 crash headed to trial

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One wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the crash of Continental Airlines Flight 3407 in Clarence Center, New York, has not been resolved, and the case appears to be headed to trial in the coming months. Flight 3407 crashed on Feb. 12, 2009, as the twin-turbo prop airplane was making its final approach to Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The crash killed all 49 people aboard the airplane and one person on the ground — 61-year-old Doug Wielinski, who was at home with his wife and daughter when the airplane hit his house. It’s the Wielinski family’s lawsuit that remains unresolved out ... Read More

Parents of Asiana Flight 214 crash victim file wrongful-death lawsuit

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The family of an Asiana flight 214 passenger who was killed after being run over by San Francisco Fire Department rescue vehicles as she lay on the tarmac filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, rescue crews, and airport officials. Sixteen-year-old Ye Meng Yuan of Zheijiang Province, China, was traveling to California with school friends for a summer camp that was to involve trips to Google, Stanford University, and a camp for teaching kids about American culture. She was one of three Chinese teenagers who lost their lives during or after the Boeing 777’s crash landing at San Francisco ... Read More

Asiana flight attendants deal with trauma, depression after San Francisco crash

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Four of the flight attendants aboard Asiana Flight 214, which crashed upon landing at San Francisco International Airport July 6, 2013, have returned to their jobs in recent weeks, but eight others are still on leave for medical and psychological treatment, the Wall Street Journal reports. An Asiana spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal that all 12 of Asiana 214’s flight attendants were offered new positions within the company, but all wished to be returned to their original jobs once they recovered. Airplane crash survivors normally face a lengthy psychological recovery and, for most, the trauma can endure to some ... Read More

Southwest Airlines faces $12 million in FAA fines for improper aircraft repairs

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) seeks $12 million in penalties from Southwest Airlines for improperly repairing its fleet of Boeing 737 jets, the agency said Monday. The agency said that the Dallas-based airline contracted Aviation Technical Services, Inc. (ATS) to perform the repairs and that in three separate cases the company failed to follow proper procedures. Failure to follow strict rules for the repair and maintenance of aircraft could threaten the integrity of the aircraft and safety of passengers and crew. Southwest returned the jetliners to service and operated them when they were not in compliance with federal aviation regulations, ... Read More

Emergency slide inflates inside United Airlines flight, forces emergency landing

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Passengers aboard a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Santa Ana, Calif., took to Twitter and other social media Sunday to express how terrifying it felt to have an emergency evacuation slide suddenly inflate inside the cabin at 38,000 feet. “Scariest flight of all time,” Taylor Martinez, a passenger on United flight 1463 tweeted after the slide inflated in the back of the cabin. Other passengers, noting the loud hissing sound the slide made, thought that maybe a door had opened in the aircraft. Nobody was injured by the slide, but it did force the pilot to make an emergency ... Read More

NTSB blames Asiana 214 crash on pilot error, cites additional contributing factors

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Pilot error was the cause of the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash at San Francisco International Airport, according to a unanimous vote by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which investigated the July 2013 crash. NTSB investigators said that the pilots mismanaged the descent into San Francisco and failed to abort the landing for another attempt before it was too late. The crash killed three people and injured 187 of the 307 passengers, some of them critically. The airplane had departed from Seoul and descended into San Francisco lower and slower than the pilots intended. The Boeing 777 struck a ... Read More

Huntsville plane crash kills three, NTSB investigating

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the crash of a private business jet that ran off the runway at Huntsville International Airport (HSV) Wednesday afternoon, killing three men. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported that a Westwind II departing from HSV ran off the right side of runway 18 at approximately 2:25 p.m. Two of the three passengers aboard the airplane were thrown from the jet on impact, according to an FAA spokesperson. Most of the aircraft was consumed by a fire that erupted on impact, authorities said. The victims were identified as William Ross ... Read More

Airplane crash in SE Georgia kills Prattville native and his fellow flight school student

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A Prattville, Ala., native was one of two men killed earlier this week when the single-engine airplane they were flying in crashed into a marshy area about four miles from Brunswick, Ga. The bodies of Adam Griffis, 31, of Prattville and Andres Lopez, Sr., 28, a native of Colombia, were recovered Wednesday afternoon in the wreckage of a Piper Seminole PA-44. Search and rescue crews had been looking for the airplane since Monday in a marshy area of Southeast Georgia where the airplane disappeared from the radar and witnesses saw it fall from the sky. Both men were students at ... Read More

Colorado plane crash victims believed to be Alabama family

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Authorities confirmed the presence of five bodies believed to be of a Gadsden, Ala., family and pilot inside a single-engine airplane that crashed into a high-altitude reservoir in Southwestern Colorado Saturday afternoon. Although the single-engine1996 Socata TBM700 is submerged in 60 to 70 feet of water in a high-altitude lake, authorities were able to locate the bodies with a remote-controlled video camera, and divers later confirmed them. The airplane was registered to an Alabama corporation and was reportedly flying to Montrose, Colo., about 35 miles north of Telluride.  It made an intermediary stop in Bartlesville, Okla., on Saturday before continuing ... Read More